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Time Suck: We recommend Bo Burnham, the 'World War Z' audiobook, and more

Time Suck is a weekly EW Community feature in which I and other contributors scour the deep recesses of our pop-culture knowledge to bring you the very best in current entertainment. These recommendations can be consumed in either one minute, one hour, one day, or one week; no matter how much or how little free time you have, we’ve got you covered.

So dig in, fellow fans. Whether you’ve got all the time in the world or no time at all, there’s something here for you. This week, we recommend World War Z (the audiobook), a hilarious song that’ll make you think, a podcast about our current Netflix obsession, and a web series that should be standard viewing for any young adult trying to make it in a city that seems impossible to afford.

*Warning: Time is a social construct, so not all of these offerings will fit exactly into their allotted categories. Just go with it.

One Minute: “From God’s Perspective” by Bo Burnham

Sure, there are thousands of years’ worth of religious scholarship out there, from every region of the globe and every culture, prescribing how humans should behave and what we should do to please God (or whatever other higher power you care to name). But how does the Big Man himself feel about all this? As comedian Bo Burnham ingeniously tells us, He probably “doesn’t give a s—t.” (Fair warning: If cursing or playful heresy make you queasy, you might want to skip to the One Hour category).

Burnham mixes a variety of comedic forms into his act, including puns, poems, and physical feats—but his songs are where he truly shines. “From God’s Perspective” is the perfect example of his unique style, which blends irreverence and goofy physicality with a real social message, which doesn’t hit until he’s already hooked you with his jokes. By then, you’ll be laughing too hard to notice that he’s just wrapped up all of morality in a cute four-minute package—which is why repeat viewing is a must.

“From God’s Perspective” is part of Burnham’s 2013 album what., which is available on both Netflix Instant and his YouTube channel. Ariel Kay

One Hour: This Week in Marvel podcast, episode #180.5, “Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson”

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If you have seen any episodes of Marvel’s new Netflix series Daredevil, you will love this interview with Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson. Marvel catches up with this cast on one of the last days of shooting. Everyone is excited, exhausted, and very happy with the prospect of bringing these characters to the screen. Charlie shares his experiences taking on the role of Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil. He especially mentions how he tapped into Matt’s faith in God, his blindness, and his journey to become a vigilante superhero.

You can download this episode and other episodes of the This Week in Marvel podcast for free from iTunes. Lauren Gallaway

One Day: Cost of Living web series, season one

Saying San Francisco is expensive is becoming as clichéd as saying that New Yorkers are mean and Los Angelinos are fake. You can’t throw your MacBook without hitting a thinkpiece about how the tech industry is causing the gentrification of the Bay Area. We talk in all these generalizations about this trend, but the real story is how is affects the day-to-day lives of people living here, which is what the charming web series Cost of Living does best.

The first season follows best friends Jules and Marisa as they deal with finding jobs and boyfriends, not to mention encountering pregnancy and other relatable situations, with San Francisco as the backdrop. A less well-made series would have the characters throwing up their hands and explaining “San Francisco is so expensive” in every episode. But Cost of Living is about relationships and what is unique about being young and in San Francisco. Season one is 10 episodes long, and perfect for a daylong binge.

You can watch the entire season at Cost of Living‘s website. Robin Hardwick

One Week: World War Z audiobook

You’ve never heard zombies like this before. Max Brooks’ two most famous contributions to the horror genre, The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, made him famous for being more than just being Mel Brooks’ son. By zooming out to illustrate what a zombie apocalypse would look like, not just in one community or country, but in different regions throughout the world, he created a fresh take on reanimated corpses.

World War Z takes the form of a series of first-person vignettes, in which various characters—including an American military captain, a Japanese epidemiologist, a Russian religious leader, a teenage Canadian refugee, and many more—share their experiences of life during and after the zombie plague. This format works well on the page, but it’s even better in audio form. Each character (some are recurring, some share just a single story) is voiced by a different actor (the narrator is Brooks himself). The cast is full of welcome surprises; let’s just say there’s a reason I’m recommending this audiobook on Star Wars Day.

Whether you’re a horror fan or not, the story and the acting are both gripping enough to keep you listening for days. You can download World War Z at Random House Audio’s website.

(Oh, and as for that movie adaptation? Pretend a horde of the undead gobbled it up.) —Ariel Kay

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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